5 Things You Need to Know About Hemp

We’ve combined two beautiful things and created a hemp infused tequila to bring you an experience like no other. Hemp has been around for too long, but its popularity has been increasing in the past years. The difference between hemp and marijuana its not much, but their worlds could definitely be quite different.

Hemp is one of the most exciting plants at the moment. The seeds and flowers are packed with health benefits, and the crop itself can be used to create many kinds of eco-friendly products. It felt only obvious to infuse tequila with the magic of hemp and other botanicals to create a unique and delicious liqueur.

Interested in learning more? Here’s what you need to know about hemp.

1. Hemp and marijuana are technically the same plant

In terms of botany, hemp and marijuana are literally the same species of plant. Nature doesn’t distinguish between the two, but the law does.

Legally, hemp is cannabis that contains 0.3 percent or less THC content by dry weight.

THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical in cannabis that makes you feel intoxicated – that is, high. Because hemp contains so little THC, it can’t make you feel intoxicated.

The Agricultural Act of 2018 and other laws draw the line at 0.3 percent – but it’s a fairly arbitrary number. This figure was proposed in The Species Problem in Cannabis: Science & Semantics, a book written by Ernest Small and published in 1979. Small explained that it was difficult to distinguish between hemp and cannabis because there’s no real difference. Small proposed the 0.3 percent rule as a solution.

So, while hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant, marijuana can get you high while hemp cannot.

2. Hemp is legal in more places around the world

Although hemp can’t get you intoxicated, it’s not legal in all countries. That is, however, slowly changing.

For example, hemp is totally legal in the US and in many European countries. The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to grow hemp throughout the US. It also made hemp-derived CBD products legal to manufacture, sell, and use. So don´t be surprised if in your future journey you find our hemp infused tequila in the liquor store´s shelves.

3. Hemp contains CBD

The hemp flower (also called the bud) is rich in CBD. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the many chemicals found in hemp and cannabis plants. It’s a popular health product at the moment because it’s associated with numerous health benefits.

CBD is often used for:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep issues (like insomnia)
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Skin conditions (like acne)
  • Seizure conditions

While there needs to be more research on the benefits of CBD before we fully understand it, the current studies are promising. Many people use CBD daily for health reasons.

4. Hemp seed is associated with numerous health benefits

Hemp seeds are popular health foods. While hemp seeds only contain trace amounts of CBD, they pack a health punch all on their own. Rich in omega fatty acids and vitamins, hemp seeds can be added to a salad or sandwich, or added to a smoothie in oil form. 

5. Hemp is an eco-friendly plant

Hemp isn’t just good for creating health products. It can be used to make eco-friendly products, including:

  • Rope
  • Paper
  • Textiles
  • Animal feed
  • Biofuel
  • Building materials (like “hempcrete”)
  • Biodegradable plastic

Hemp is a great alternative to other crops (like cotton) and trees. This is partly because hemp requires very little water to grow and it naturally repels insects, making it easy to grow without using harmful pesticides. It also grows to maturity fast, which means that more products can be produced in less time and using less space.

What’s more is that multiple parts of the hemp plant can be used, including the flower, stalks, seeds, leaves, and more. No part of the hemp plant needs to be discarded. This means that hemp is a low-waste crop to produce.

For this reason, many environmentally conscious consumers are opting for hemp clothing, paper, and fabrics.

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